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Sunday, August 25, 2013


Lee Maye was not the modest type; while he had far more success as a major league baseball player, he had a parallel career as a singer and he was quoted as saying, "I am the best singing athlete that ever lived. I am not bragging. It's just a fact.”

Lee's musical career began in Los Angeles in the late '50's doo wop scene, and among other achievements, he sings backup on Richard Berry's original recording of 'Louie Louie".

Lee certainly had a gorgeous falsetto, as we hear on this lovely Huey Meaux produced version of a song made famous by Rick Nelson; the arrangement here finds the song turned inside out, and brings a new depth to the lyrics that Nelson's (great) version only hinted at.

from 1964...


1 comment:

ppulidog said...

Great !! Reminds me of a doo-wopish Johnny Adams (?)